What are the most common office fit out mistakes in Brisbane?

Since we take on many office fit outs in Brisbane, we see plenty of mistakes that have been made during previous renovations. It’s fair to say that when you are ready for a new office fitout in Brisbane, it’s always best to hire a renovation expert, rather than tackle the design yourself.

This is because there are five common mistakes that we see far too often and which could have been avoided, if a professional had been involved in the design and implementation of the renovation.

  1. Forgetting to liaise with your landlord: This is a big problem we see far too often, when the business owner is ready to start renovations, but it all comes to a screeching halt because their landlord disagrees with one of their decisions. Common problems that can occur are that the contractors can’t work during normal business hours and they can’t use the lifts to bring up their materials for the office fit out in Brisbane.
  2. Not setting a firm budget: As we are all aware, the costs of a fitout in Brisbane can escalate for a variety of reasons outside of anyone’s control. This is where you need a renovation expert on board, so that you have enough money for the building work, the fitout itself and a contingency fund.
  3. Not selecting the right contractor:  Not all building contractors are equal, some are more experienced with particular types of renovation projects than others. It’s essential that you talk to any potential contractors and find out whether they have experience in the type of office fit out you need, as well as asking for testimonials and examples of their work.
  4. Forgetting to consider data points: One of the biggest mistakes we see in office fit outs in Brisbane is that the business owner doesn’t consider their future needs, as far as power points and data outlets are concerned. This might seem like a simple oversight, but over time it can become a real stress to the ongoing success of your business and the productivity of your staff.
  5. Not hiring a project manager: Not all contractors and renovation experts are project managers, an issue that you most probably won’t discover until a major problem surfaces. Always ensure that your contractor can take on the project management role and ask or testimonials and evidence.

If you are in the market for a fitout in Brisbane why not get a quote online today?

How long will my commercial refurbishment take?

There is a lot of work that goes into a commercial refurbishment, so the completion date can depend on a lot of factors. The preparation time for a fitout in Brisbane, and before construction commences, can actually take a large chunk of your time, sometimes even longer than the construction period itself.

This is because you need to finalise your design brief, discuss this with your building renovation expert, and then obtain permission from your landlord, and quite possibly the council as well, depending on the complexity of refurbishment.

In essence, there are three stages to your commercial refurbishment: the design stage, the approval stage and the construction phase. There are no fixed time frames for the first two stages, but with the design finalised, your renovation expert will be able to give you a fixed completion date for your commercial fitout in Brisbane.

The design stage of your commercial refurbishment

This is where you engage a designer to create your new commercial space. You will start with the existing floor plan and put together a workable design for your business, taking into consideration your business needs, number of staff, and your budget. Once the initial design is finalised, plans will need to be drawn up that include all electrical and plumbing work, IT wiring, joinery details, elevations, etc. The design stage can easily take you 8 weeks or even longer.

The approval stage of your commercial fitout in Brisbane

You will need these plans to obtain your landlord’s permission for your new fitout, to apply for any council permits, and to give to your building renovation expert who will actually take on the construction. This stage depends on the time it takes for your landlord to agree to your refurbishment plans and for the council to issue you with any necessary permits.

Council permits for commercial fitouts in Brisbane can be fast tracked by your building renovation expert, but it is sensible to expect a 2 to 3 week lag time.

The construction phase of your commercial refurbishment

The time frame for construction depends on the size of the space and the complexity of the design. For example, small refurbishments (200m2) with an open plan design can easily take 4 weeks to complete, whilst larger refits (2000m2) can take up to 10 or 12 weeks.

JEB BUILT are building renovation experts, call us on 0431 065 019 or get a quote online.

3 Tips on designing commercial interiors and office fit outs in Brisbane

As commercial builders in Brisbane, we understand how overwhelmed you can feel when faced with a new office fit out or remodel. Commercial interiors require a special type of design that is completely different to a residential design, so whilst it can be challenging, it can also be the perfect time to make a big change or even rebrand your business.

If you are faced with an impending office fit out in Brisbane this year, we have 3 simple tips that will make the entire process much easier and less daunting.

Is the space suitable for your growing business?

You don’t want to spend your capital on a new office fit out if in 2 years’ time you need to move to a bigger space. So always select a commercial space that has room to grow with your business and think about the flexibility of the space as well.

For example, if the existing commercial interior contains partitions, do you like them or even need them in your refit? Is there sufficient space to add private meeting rooms or will you need to make do with an open plan arrangement? Do you need the space to be completely rewired to suit your IT requirements and how much will it cost?

Prepare a brief for your office fit out

Commercial builders in Brisbane can help you explore many of the options within your space, discussing what you can and can’t achieve, but the final design brief will be down to you. If you still have lots of unanswered questions concerning the design of your commercial interior, don’t worry, because they will start to solidify as soon as you put together your design brief.

Obtain approval for your office fit out from the landlord

When you rent commercial office space, you need to discuss your renovations with the landlord and you might even need to obtain council approval. Commercial builders in Brisbane will know whether or not you need to obtain council permits, so once you have finalised your brief with your designer and landlord, sit down with your builder to talk about any necessary permits for the work.

If you need a professional builder for your office fit outs in Brisbane call JEB BUILT on 0431 065 019 or get a quote online.

3 Tips for the perfect office fit out in Brisbane

If you are ready for a new office fit out in Brisbane, it is a good idea to poll your employees and find out how you can improve their working conditions. After all, happy employees are more productive and the end result is an increase in profits for your company.

Of course, a commercial refurbishment will take a sizable budget, but you might be surprised at how little it costs to keep your employees happy at work. So before you look for a contractor to take on your commercial fit out in Brisbane, consider the following 3 areas that might put a smile on your employees’ faces and improve productivity as well.

Lunch rooms and breakout areas

As interior fit out contractors, we know that having a sink and small fridge in the storage room isn’t going to thrill your employees. Many large businesses now have ‘breakout’ rooms, where employees can gather and relax together during the working day. These areas can include comfortable sofas, TVs, pool tables and even video games, and whilst you don’t need to go that far, it is worth giving your employees somewhere they can relax and put their feet up during their break times.

Shower facilities make for happy employees

Have you considered adding shower facilities to your next office fit out in Brisbane? Lots of employees now bike or jog to work in the morning, and some go for jogs or to the gym in their lunch hour as well. Giving them somewhere to store their bike and shower at work is a very effective way to boost morale and increase productivity.

Is open plan right for your employees?

Sometimes, an open plan environment isn’t always best for productivity. Many employees prefer their own personal space with 4 walls around them, rather than being right next to another employee with all of the distractions that entails. Whilst you might not be able to include private offices for everyone in your next commercial refurbishment, consider adding a few private offices for meetings or for when someone really needs a quiet space to work for a few hours.

So why not ask your employees what ideas they have for your next office fit out in Brisbane and get a quote online today?

Checklist for organising a successful commercial fit out in Brisbane

Are you in the market for a commercial fit out in Brisbane? Jeb Built are specialist builders who can project manage your new shop renovation, office or kitchen fit out from conception to handover.

We always come in on time and within budget, so if you are ready for a commercial fit out in Brisbane, here is a quick list of steps that will keep your project on the straight and narrow.

Write a comprehensive brief for your commercial fit out

In Brisbane, it is vital that you write a comprehensive brief for your new commercial fit out or shop renovation. This will cover the functionality of each area within the building or leased space, and might include the number of employees, office spaces, public areas, storage rooms, kitchens, front of house areas, and meeting rooms.

A detailed brief is important for all industries, but particularly in the hospitality trade where you need a commercial kitchen fit out, as this brief will help you to organise a realistic budget and give potential contractors the ability to give you a firm quote for the work.

Find the right contractor for your new fit out

Always ask around your business network for recommendations and check out their websites and references. Once you have found a number of contractors who are experienced in the type of fit out you require, whether that is a shop renovation, an office or commercial kitchen fit out, this is where your brief comes into play.

It is important that you provide each potential contractor with the same brief, along with time frames and deadlines. This way you can make equitable comparisons between their proposals and make the best decision for your business and your budget. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ensure that all proposals include a detailed outline of expenses and exclusions.

Keep in contact with your contractor

Regardless of whether you are undergoing a complete commercial kitchen fit out, a simple shop renovation or an office fit out in Brisbane, you will need to have regular meetings with your contractor during the building phase. Any issues will need to be highlighted and dealt with immediately, so that your commercial fit out can remain on track.

Why not call us at Jeb Built and get a quote online for your next commercial fit out in Brisbane?

What does it cost for a commercial kitchen fit out?

A kitchen fit out can be an expensive undertaking, easily requiring up to 75% of your budget for a new establishment. The cost of your commercial kitchen fit out of course, depends on the size of kitchen and on the quality of the equipment you need. On this basis, larger commercial kitchens will cost a lot more and need more heavy duty equipment than a small corner café.

At Jeb Built, we offer professional kitchen renovations in Brisbane that are both affordable and completed within your time frame. In general, the cost of a complete kitchen fit out can range from around $15,000 to $100,000 or more, according to your specifications. Let’s look at some of the costs involved in fitting out commercial kitchens for both new establishments and for renovations.

  • Design and project manager: The layout and design of commercial kitchens can have a big impact on the success or failure of your business, so it can be worthwhile employing both a designer and a project manager to keep everything on track. Poor layouts, overblown budgets and extended time frames can cause you no end of problems, so it is usually safer to bring in the experts at the start. Expect to pay at least 15% of your budget on hiring these professionals.
  • High quality equipment: A designer will help you to select the right equipment for your kitchen fit out, giving you a number of options at different prices and enabling you to stay within your budget. Installing top of the line equipment in a small family run business that simply needs an updated commercial kitchen fit out can sometimes be counterproductive. Expect to pay at least 70% of your budget on purchasing top of the line equipment.
  • Electrics and plumbing: We all know that trades can be expensive, which is why it is sensible to engage a builder who has their own trades and who is experienced in project managing commercial kitchen renovations in Brisbane. Expect to pay at least 15% of your budget on hiring trades for your kitchen fit out.

Call Jeb Built on 0431 065 019 or get a quote online today and we will make sure that your new commercial kitchen fit out is perfect .

3 Common mistakes Brisbane builders make on shop fit outs

A shop fit out is a lengthy and expensive undertaking for retailers. If you are in the market for a shop renovation, you need to engage a renovation company that has the right experience and can get the job done on time and within budget.

 One of the problems with a shop fit out is in finding reliable builders for the project, and one of the best ways to do this is to ask around your network in the retail trade for the names of a few good builders. Just picking a renovation company at random is not the best strategy to use, as this can result in an overblown budget, poor workmanship and extended time frames.

 Let’s take a look at some of the more common problems builders can make when they work on a shop fit out, so you can understand why finding an experienced builder is your number 1 priority. ·

  • Inaccurate time frames: When you own and operate a retail store, you will have a fixed time for the start and completion of your shop renovation. Time is money and the longer your store is out of business, the more money you will lose. So when the builder doesn’t turn up on the start day, runs over time, and is on-site one day and not the next, it is your livelihood that is in jeopardy. 
  • Hidden costs: When you have a strict budget, you want all of the building and renovation costs for your shop fit out itemised and finalised. You don’t want to hear about hidden costs that were not included in the original quote, suddenly rearing their head once construction has commenced. 
  • Poor consultation: The majority of these problems, including overpromising on what can’t be delivered with your budget and time frame, could all have been avoided with a full and complete consultation. Too often, builders have their own ideas of what the client needs, which doesn’t actually gel with what the client wants! A comprehensive consultation will assist both the renovation company and the client to have a successful build that is on time and within budget. 

JEBBUILT have a solid reputation within the industry for starting and completing a shop fit out on time with no hidden costs. Call us today on 0431 065 019 or get a quote online today.

Builders in Brisbane draw inspiration from international construction trends

Traditionally, builders in Brisbane have made changes to their building and construction methods, based on regulatory changes. Lately however, innovation has started to drive these changes, driven by increasing manufacturing and construction costs, innovations in digital and home automation technology and a greater focus on sustainability.

 JEBBUILT is always searching for new technologies, materials and construction methods. This means that we can offer our retail clients the very latest shop fit out designs. We can also offer our home owners the best in home automation and energy efficiency and for our commercial clients, the most sustainable building materials on the market.

 As a professional builder and carpenter in Brisbane, these building and construction innovations are not only exciting, but will help pave the way for more sustainable buildings in the future. Let’s take a look at some of these innovations that will have a positive impact on builders in Brisbane and subsequently, on how we build for a sustainable future.

Design flexibility comes with innovation 

Modular designs using pre-fabricated components offer a low cost and very flexible housing option for many Australians. These are flat-pack homes that can be raised fast and can be jam packed with energy efficient technology.

 Concrete panel construction is another fast building process that is taking off overseas. Buildings can be raised much more quickly with this type of construction, than with traditional building methods. Up until recently, concrete has not been the most eco-friendly of materials, however new standards for sustainable concrete production now mean that builders in Brisbane can now reduce your carbon footprint, by using concrete that has been certified as sustainable.

 How about 3D printing your new home? There are actually houses across the world that have been built using 3D technology, offering sustainability, low cost and environmental friendly construction that is super-fast. Whilst builders in Brisbane are unlikely to be using a 3D printer to build your home this year, since NASA has plans to build a Mars colony using this technology, it won’t be too far into the future.

 Modular homes, concrete panels and 3D printing are just some of the innovations that will begin to drive the building and construction industry in Australia and JEBBUILT intends to stay at the forefront of this movement.

 Call us at JEBBUILT and get a quote online today.

5 Questions to ask your home kitchen renovator

The team at JEB BUILT are well-known for our high quality kitchen renovations in Brisbane. So if you are looking for the best builder in Brisbane, here are 5 questions to ask your potential builder.

1. Can I improve my kitchen’s layout? 

If you already have professionally designed plans for your kitchen renovations, then you can skip this question. Otherwise, it is worth asking the builder’s opinion, because many of them have a good eye for design and know what will and won’t work in your space.

2. Do you have any customer testimonials? 

 It is important that you have confidence in your builder, and one of the ways this can be achieved is to read testimonials from previous clients in Brisbane. Kitchen renovations are a serious financial investment, and these testimonials will help to give you a clear indication of how well you might work together with this builder.

3. Do you have any before and after photos? 

Before and after photos of kitchen renovations in Brisbane homes are vital to helping you make your final decision. When you look at these photos you want to see a range of renovations of different styles and sizes. If all you see are the same design repeated over and over, then if this doesn’t gel with your design style, you might want to look elsewhere.

4. Do you have a network of suppliers? 

Any builder that has been in the industry for a few years will have built up a network of suppliers for their building materials and for kitchen fixtures. As these will be at wholesale prices, employing a builder can help to keep your renovation costs down.

5. Is the quote the final price? 

You need to be confident that the builder will not leave anything out of their quote, costing you even more money, after you have signed the contract. Of course, any changes you make after the contract is signed will involve further costs, but you don’t want to be surprised with paying extra for something that you thought was included in the quote.

 If you want the best builder in Brisbane for your kitchen renovations, you can get a quote online or call us on 0431 065 019.

Steps to ensure a smooth process for your shop or office fit out in Brisbane

As most business owners are aware, an office or shop fit out can either run smoothly or can be inundated with problems. This is why it takes a fair amount of planning and discussion to finalise your plans, before you can actually commence your shop or office fit out.

 In Brisbane, the team at JEB BUILT have a solid reputation for professional and high quality fit outs, and over the years we have put together a number of tips that will make your office or shop renovation run smoothly. Here are three of these tips that should help you to create a space that is suitable for both your employees and your customers.

Ask for employee input into your office or shop fit out 

It is a good idea to ask your employees if they have any suggestions for your new fit out. After all, many of them will have been working in the space for a number of years and might have some very valuable suggestions that will help you to design a more workable space. Some of these suggestions for your office or shop fit out might not fit in with your design or your budget, but nevertheless, you might be surprised at the type of improvements that can be included.

Consider a multiple use space 

A multiple use space is usually more suitable for an office fit out, and one of the best ways to achieve this type of design is to have an open plan space. This gives you the ability to add, subtract and alter the configurations of your workstations, as well as designing a communal tech hub area for your printers, fax machines etc.

Create a realistic time frame for your renovations 

With a shop or office fit out in Brisbane, we usually find a few teething problems with a new design, which, depending on the cause, can interrupt the operation of your business. This usually means that it is safer to add an extra day or two to your estimated downtime in order to make sure that your new renovations are totally complete and your business is ready for operation once again.

 If you are planning for a shop or office fit out in Brisbane, you can get a quote online or call us on 0431 065 019 to have a chat about your new renovations.

What does a commercial refurbishment in Brisbane typically cost?

When you need a new commercial refurbishment for your business, you want to find the best price possible. The problem is that whether you need a shop renovation or an office fit out in Brisbane, there are fixed costs which your contractor cannot avoid.

Let’s take a look at these fixed costs and also at some of the other costs involved in your commercial refurbishment, where you might have some room to negotiate.

Fixed costs for your commercial refurbishment

The fixed costs for any shop renovation or office fit out in Brisbane are concerned with the payments the contractor makes to his or her employees. Whoever the contractor employees to work on your commercial renovation will expect to receive the going rate, which is why a contractor can only negotiate their overall costs down to a certain point – they have to pay the tradies!

Negotiable costs for your commercial refurbishment

There are a couple of areas where you might negotiate your costs down for both a shop renovation and an office fit out in Brisbane, but even so, many contractors give you a fair quote, which doesn’t leave them much wiggle room. The first costs you can negotiate are the materials, because if you can source these cheaper than the contractor, then obviously, this is a win-win situation.

Remember however, that the contractor has built up a network of wholesalers and suppliers, so you might not be able to beat his prices. The second and final area you might be able to negotiate a lower price is the contractor’s profit.

As you can appreciate, every builder or contractor needs to make a profit or else there is no point in being in business. So how much you can reduce the overall costs of your commercial refurbishment, depends entirely on the goodwill of your contractor and how much profit he is prepared to lose on your project. Many builders already work on a fine profit margin, so you might not be able to lower your costs very much at all.

At JEB BUILD we always give you our best quote upfront, and you can get a quote online for your shop renovation or office fit out in Brisbane today or call us on 0431 065 019.

5 Tips on getting the most out of your commercial refurbishment in Brisbane

Taking on a commercial refurbishment is a big deal, requiring a substantial budget and sufficient time to complete the job. No-one takes on a shop renovation or an office fit out in Brisbane without giving it some serious thought, so when you have made the final decision to go ahead, you need as much experienced help as you can find. To keep you on the right track with your commercial refurbishment, here are the JEB BUILT top 5 tips for a successful conclusion to your renovations.

  1. Ensure sufficient lighting: Whether you are renovating an office space or signing up for a shop renovation, adequate lighting is essential. Natural light is always the best option, but this is not always possible, particularly if your premises or retail store is inside a shopping mall. So consider installing the latest LED lights, as these are very cost effective and are sufficient if you lack natural light.
  2. Build for the future: For an office fit out in Brisbane, consider whether you need a more flexible working space to accommodate changing numbers of staff over time. For a shop renovation, you must consider the trending colours and designs that are popular today, as well as updating your POS system to provide flawless sales.
  3. Maximise the use of space: You pay for every foot of space you use, so it pays to maximise the use of your office or retail space as much as possible. If this involves a redesign of how you use the space, then a shop renovation or an office fit out in Brisbane is the ideal time to reconfigure the layout.
  4. Quality furniture and fittings: For a retail renovation, customers can always tell the difference between low and high quality fittings, so always use the best fittings you can afford on your budget. For an office fit out, spend your money on high quality computer chairs and desks for your staff and some comfortable seating for the break area.
  5. Invest in professional help: Trying to organise and manage your shop renovation or your office fit out in Brisbane on your own is a recipe for disaster. It always pays to find professional help from a contractor who is experienced in commercial refurbishments.

You can get a quote online for your commercial refurbishment or call JEB BUILT on 0431 065 019.

Design trends for your commercial kitchen fit out in 2017

Are you looking for a commercial kitchen fit out this year? As we all know, trends come and go and whilst you don’t want to have to renovate your commercial kitchen every year, it pays to be on-trend if you are tackling a new fit out.

As commercial builders in Brisbane, we know that the best planned commercial kitchens depend on good ergonomic design, a safe and efficient flow through, and lots of preparation and storage space. How you put all of this together depends on whether you want an open plan kitchen or one that is tucked away out of sight from the customers.

So here are our tips for the latest design trends for a commercial kitchen fit out this year.

Open plan commercial kitchens

This is one of the biggest design trends for a commercial kitchen fit out. The pros of this type of kitchen design are that customers can see into the kitchen and you can introduce both theatre and interaction into the cooking process. The cons of an open kitchen concept are that everyone and everything is on display at all times.

This open plan design for a commercial kitchen fit out means that you need to find commercial builders in Brisbane who understand this type of concept and how to translate it into a workable space. After all, any mistakes in the design of your kitchen are going to be seen by everyone, including your customers.

Despite the problems with this open plan design, there are many examples of very successful open plan commercial kitchens, which have been taken up by a range of ventures, from fast food chains to boutique cafes and fine dining restaurants.

High tech kitchen equipment

Since nearly 40% of the energy consumption in a restaurant is due to the power needed in the kitchen, energy consumption has become a topical issue. High tech solutions are one strategy that has become trendy, resulting in touchscreens for large appliances that ensures precise calibrations, as well as the installation of energy efficient appliances.

Commercial builders in Brisbane who are experienced in kitchen fit outs will be on top of these design trends, giving you all the support you need to redesign your commercial kitchen this year.

Why not get a quote online for your commercial kitchen fit out or call JEB BUILD on 0431 065 019.

4 Questions to ask a potential renovation company

If you have decided to make changes to your home, then you need a professional renovation
 company on your team. Of course, you can DIY your own renovations, but this can cost you a lot
 more money and run months over time, because project managing your own renovations is a big

So the solution is to find a renovation expert, who has the right contacts to purchase all of the
 materials at wholesale prices and has a team of qualified tradies on hand. To help you find the right renovation company for your home make-over, here are 4 questions you should ask any potential candidate.

  1. Do they have the right experience?

There are lots of builders available, but many of them focus on new builds, as this is where they make most of their money. This means that they are not very experienced in adding on extensions and redesigning the interior of a building, all of which takes skill to ensure that the result looks flawless.

  2. What is their time frame?

Some builders are already booked up for months ahead and won’t be able to start your renovations for quite some time. Others may take on multiple renovations at the same time, spreading their tradies across jobs, which is fine for them, but can blow out the end date of your project. You want a renovation expert who can slot your work in neatly and complete it within a reasonable time frame.

  3. Who will be onsite every day?

You need to know who will be on site every day and who you can talk to about the schedule, materials and any changes you might need. So you want to know when the project manager or renovation expert will be available to discuss the progress of your renovation with you on-site.

  4. How will they protect your belongings?

Whether you move out for the renovations or continue to live in the house, it is vital that you discuss the security and protection of your belongings with the project manager. A professional renovation company will have these answers immediately, because they understand the importance of this topic to their clients.

To discuss your renovation needs with an experienced renovation company, call us today on 0431 065 019 or get a quote online today.

Looking for a Café Fitout in Brisbane? Avoid these 3 common Shop Renovation Mistakes

Any mistakes you make with your café or shop renovation can be very costly, not only because you need to rectify these mistakes, but also because they can disengage your customers and reduce your profits. This means that a commercial fitout in Brisbane needs to be high quality, speedy and affordable, so it is certainly worth your while to find a builder who has a reputation for high quality work and is experienced in commercial fit outs.

Problems with a café fitout in Brisbane

One of the problems when you have a café is that you need both a kitchen fit out and a shop renovation, so you have to be extra careful to avoid mistakes in both areas. A kitchen fit out has to provide a safe and hygienic working area, and the front of your café has to offer comfortable seating and an area for the sale of complimentary items.

So here are 3 common mistakes you can make when you have to combine a kitchen fit out with a shop renovation.

  1. Not budgeting correctly: With a limited budget, you need to split your money between the kitchen fit out and the shop renovation. If you are starting your commercial fitout in Brisbane from scratch, then you might need to spend at least 75% of your budget on the kitchen and the remainder on the décor, seating and shelving for the front of your café.
  2. Poor layout: For a café fitout in Brisbane, the layout is important for both the kitchen and the customer seating area. You need adequate room for table and chairs, as well as a walkway to your sales area and service desk. The kitchen also needs an efficient layout, so that staff can safely and easily navigate around stoves, ovens and preparation areas.
  3. Managing your project on your own: With such an important café and shop renovation, it is easy to try and save money and manage it all yourself. This is a big mistake that can lead to spending your hard earned money in the wrong areas, resulting in costly mistakes and poor sales.

Your first step is to get a quote online for your café and kitchen fit out in Brisbane from a reputable builder who is experienced in this type of commercial fitout.

How to find the Best Builder in Brisbane?

When you are ready to build your new home or extension, you need to find the best builder in Brisbane for the job. You want someone who is professional, experienced and easy to get along with on a daily basis. One of the easiest ways to find Brisbane builders is to ask for referrals and the second best way is to search online.

Referrals for Brisbane builders

Referrals from someone you trust is always the best way to find Brisbane builders. So ask around your network of friends, relatives and work colleagues, because someone is sure to have hired a builder in the past few years. When someone gives you a referral, make sure to ask them about the type of building work they had performed and also about their daily interactions with the builder and his or her tradies.

Searching online for the best builder in Brisbane

When you have a few names or even if you came up empty from your network, it is time to perform an online search. This is a great way to find the best builder in Brisbane, because their website will reflect their experience and professionalism. They will also have customer testimonials, because they will be proud of the work they have completed for their clients. Make sure that the builder is experienced in the type of work you need and if you are happy at this point, contact them and arrange to meet face to face to discuss your job.

Comparing Brisbane builders

Once you have met a few builders, the biggest mistake you can make is to select the one that gives you the cheapest quote. Cheap doesn’t necessarily equate with high quality, so first of all, base your selection on the Brisbane builders you like the most and would have no problems working with on a daily basis. You can even ask to visit some of their previous clients who are willing to let you inspect their work. The last item on your list should be the costs, because you can negotiate these to some degree, but you can’t turn a poor builder into the best builder in Brisbane, just because they give you the cheapest quote.

For the best builder in Brisbane, contact us at JEB BUILT and get a quote online today.

5 tips for a successful commercial fit out in Brisbane

A commercial fit out in Brisbane is simply a part of the retail world. The problem is that many store owners or managers make the entire process more long winded and complicated than it needs to be. This is where having a guaranteed plan at the beginning of your fit out is always a good idea, removing much of the stress involved in renovating.

To this end, here are 5 tips to make sure that your next commercial fit out in Brisbane runs smoothly.

1. Plan a budget: This is no time to wing it, because with a commercial fit out in Brisbane every dollar counts. Costs can quickly escalate if you are not careful and initial estimates blow out of proportion. So make an all-inclusive budget that includes your building costs, electrics and all of your new decor and internal fittings.

2. Find the right contractor: Not all contractors have the same experience and access to a team of professional tradies. It is important to talk to 3 or 4 different contractors, making sure that they have been involved in your type of fit out before and that they have a history of coming in on time and within budget.

3. Understand the centre fine print: Many commercial fit outs in Brisbane are performed inside shopping malls, so you need to be aware of any restrictions or requirements concerning your fit out, as stated in your lease. Sometimes, contractors can only work between certain hours and materials need to be delivered and removed at certain times and via specific entrances.

4. Think power and data points: With our rapid advances in technology, there is always a need for more power and data outlets in commercial stores. Having to retrofit these, because you didn’t anticipate your needs one or two years down the track is a messy and costly business.

5. Research shop psychology: There are specific colours and internal shop layouts that encourage people to enter, meander and to buy. Ignoring these components is setting yourself up for failure, so always be sure to check out the latest research before you organise your commercial fit out in Brisbane.

For a professional team to help with your commercial fit out in Brisbane, call JEB Built on 0431 065 019 for a free quote and site inspection.

5 design principles for commercial kitchens

Commercial kitchens can be dangerous and extremely inefficient areas if they are not designed correctly. This is why it is important to engage the right professionals when you are designing, renovating or re-fitting kitchens in commercial properties.

To avoid undue problems in your kitchen, the least of which is delays in service, here are 5 design principles that you need to be aware of when you are fitting out commercial kitchens.

1. The size of your kitchen: There is a rule of thumb that you need approximately 0.5 square metres for every seat in your restaurant or cafe. This means that if you have seating for 150 people, you need a minimum space of 70 square metres in commercial kitchens.

2. The flow of your kitchen: Prepared meals should exit one area of your kitchen and used dishes enter via another area. Equally, the refrigeration and dry storage areas need to be close to the delivery areas and easily accessed via the main preparation areas.

3. Flexibility: If your menu changes or new chefs come and go, the design of commercial kitchens needs to be flexible enough to accommodate these changes. This lends itself more to simple, uncluttered kitchens with plenty of bench and preparation areas that can be co-opted as your needs change.

4. Health and safety: All commercial kitchens must adhere to regulations regarding the health and safety of employees and customers. This is vital to the success of your business and involves the types of materials you can and cannot use in commercial kitchens, as well as the safe storage of food, both cooked and uncooked.

5. Ergonomics: More and more we see commercial kitchens that are designed with ergonomics in mind, because this gives your employees a more comfortable working environment and increases the efficiency of your kitchen.

If you are struggling for space in your kitchen, with shelves that are too high, food preparation areas that are too small and staff that keep bumping into one another, the safety of your staff and the success of your kitchen will suffer. Call Jeb Built on 0431 065 019 – professional contractors, specialising in fit outs for commercial kitchens.

How to know when you should call a Brisbane Carpenter

Many of us try to do our own handy work at home, but there comes a time when we need to call in a Brisbane carpenter. The problem is that we can waste too much time and money, not realising that a job is beyond our reach and making more work for the carpenter to fix.

Carpenters can fix just about anything that involves wood, from the simplest jobs of hanging a door to the more complex projects, such as building formworks or erecting a pergola. The trick is in knowing when you can safely handle a job yourself and when you need to hand it over to a professional Brisbane carpenter.

What types of jobs can a Brisbane carpenter do for you?

Well first of all you need to know that there are four different categories of carpenters in Brisbane:

Rough carpenters are mainly concerned with structural work in large projects. They can put up scaffolding and bracing, construct floors and building frames, and do most of the work concerned with support structures.

Finish carpenters do the more delicate or ornamental work, basically the woodwork that you can see as opposed to structural work that is either temporary or hidden within the finished structure of the building. This includes roofing, interior trims, cladding, cornices and other specialised internal or external woodwork.

Trim carpenters usually stick to internal woodwork involved in architraves, windows, mouldings and ceiling trims.

Joiners specialise in making cabinetry and customised pieces of furniture for the interior of the home.

Looking at the four different types of carpenters, you can easily see that for just about every job that involves wood, you can find a Brisbane carpenter who specialises in that area. So when should you call a carpenter?

If you are not a very experienced handyman, then it is best to call in a carpenter for the following projects:

•  Building or repairing staircases.
•  Installing windows and doors.
•  Installing cladding.
•  Building decks or pergolas.
•  Framework for concrete driveways and paths.
•  Building and installing kitchen cabinets and other cabinetry.
•  Building fences.
•  Laying timber flooring.

There are lots of other reasons why it might be best to call in an experienced Brisbane carpenter, so if in doubt, always give them a call and ask for a quote.

What is involved in a Commercial Kitchen Fit-out?

Whether you have just leased a new building or store, or you have an existing hospitality business, at some time or another you are going to need a commercial kitchen fit out. So what is involved in the process of fitting out a new commercial kitchen or even renovating an existing kitchen in a restaurant or cafe?

What type of kitchen do you need?
A commercial kitchen fit out takes quite a slice out of your budget, so you need to make sure that you have the right type of kitchen for your business. There are in general, three different types of businesses that need kitchens:

• Cafes, restaurants and bistros.
• Takeaway outlets.
• Large resort and hotels.

The type of commercial kitchen fit out you need will depend on which of the above categories your business falls, because each kitchen requires a different style of kitchen and a different budget.

The flow of your kitchen will be dictated by the type of kitchen you need and also the available space, but in general your commercial kitchen fit out will need areas for storage (cold rooms, refrigerators, freezers and dry stores), preparation areas, clean up areas and cooking areas.

What type of equipment do you need?
Again, the type of equipment you need will be partly determined by your business, but there are a few factors to keep in mind. First of all, you need to choose between Australian brands and imported brands with imported equipment tending to take longer to be delivered than more local suppliers. Also you need to consider their customer support and whether the company provides ongoing support for their equipment.

What to look for in a commercial kitchen fit out contractor
You want a contractor who can project manage the entire fit out for you, otherwise things can fall apart very quickly. For example, there can either be too many or not enough tradies on site at any one time, time frames and budgets can blow out, instructions are forgotten, jobs left uncompleted and important matters neglected.

JEB Built have more than 10 years’ experience in commercial kitchen fit outs and come highly recommended by previous clients. Check out their website and give them a call today.